The soaring temperatures and dizzying crowds might make you think twice about visiting Istanbul in the summer months, but there’s no better time to experience the city’s myriad delights. From cooling off at a beach bar to partying at a music festival and hitting the shops, here are 10 great things to do this summer in Istanbul.
Category: Day Trips
July 20, 2015
The original capital of the Ottoman Empire and once an important center of the silk and textile trade, historic Bursa makes an intriguing choice for a day trip from Istanbul, famed for its thermal spas and impressive Ottoman-era monuments. Visiting Bursa from Istanbul is doable on a (long) day trip, reached by taking a ferry over the Sea of Marmara to Turkey’s Asian side, then taking a bus to Bursa, situated in the foothills of Uludağ National Park.
June 22, 2015
Long regarded as Turkey’s national sport, oil wrestling has been practiced since ancient times. It’s a bizarrely captivating sight, as bare-chested participants, clothed only in a pair of kispet — wrestling tights that resemble lederhosen made from water buffalo hide — slather themselves in olive oil and attempt to wrestle each other to the ground. The hottest ticket of the wrestling season is the Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling festival in Edirne, which, with a history dating back to 1392, is regarded as the oldest wrestling contest in the world and has even been placed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage list.
June 2, 2015
Straddling the border between Europe and Asia and teeming with exquisite architecture, lively bazaars and historic sites, there’s nowhere quite like Istanbul and there’s so much to see and do in Turkey’s cultural capital, it can be hard to know where to start. Istanbul Super Savers are a great choice for saving both time and money, with the chance to combine popular tours and make big savings.
May 25, 2015
Spread across the border of Europe and Asia, and home to some of the world’s most impressive Islamic architecture, there’s nowhere quite like Istanbul and however long you have to spend in the city, you’ll likely want to stay longer. From visiting the top attractions to sampling local delicacies or exploring off-the-beaten-track sights – here are 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Istanbul. See how many you can squeeze into your itinerary.
August 11, 2014
The artifacts of lost love crowd many a back drawer or trunks in closets—old letters, photos, half-burnt candles, empty perfume bottles, cinema tickets. For some, like Kemal Basmacı, it’s a life consuming obsession.
June 16, 2014
Istanbul is indeed home to one of the world’s best promenades along the Bosphorus—fantastic for the geography and history.
June 9, 2014
Jewish Istanbul is open to anyone who seeks it out with an open heart and genuine interest.
May 26, 2014
On your next visit, make a point to step off the beaten path and visit these lesser known sights in Istanbul, many of which can be seen on a private half-day tour.